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Don’t have time for exercise?
To be healthy, say experts such as the American Heart Association, you should do some form of continuous, moderate-intensity exercise like brisk walking for 30 or more minutes, 5 times a week. That’s 2.5 hours a week – not much more than a movie. A small price to pay for looking and feeling good, right?
If you’re curling your lip at even this amount of time, uncurl!
Because new research reported recently in New York Times Health suggests you can get good results with just 20 minutes of interval training twice a week. And the benefits might be especially powerful for people with cardiac and diabetic health concerns.
Interval training may not be for everyone, though. A typical pattern might involve working very hard for one minute, then going easy for one minute, and repeating these intervals 10 times. It’s an intense form of exercise that not everyone loves.
And by far the best type of exercise is, of course, the exercise you actually do.
So if you can afford 30 minutes, 5 times a week, then find something you think you could learn to not hate, and do it. The experts quoted in the New York Times article say that’s a great way to improve health and fitness.
But if lack of time has been your excuse for not exercising, then it looks like the clock has run out on that one.
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